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FL is well behind other states when it comes to getting COVID booster shots

By: - January 21, 2022 2:52 pm

Pfizer COVID vaccine. Source: Screenshot/YouTube

When Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted Friday that he hasn’t gotten a COVID booster shot, it wouldn’t be unusual.

Florida is below the national average and well behind other states when it comes to COVID booster shots that can help ward off COVID-19, according to federal data.

But the numbers show that many people across the nation aren’t pursuing the booster shots, even as COVID-19 infections continue during the pandemic.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that only 35.6 percent of people  in Florida have gotten a booster dose. (Those people would have already been fully vaccinated.)

That puts Florida’s ranking  at 38th of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and below the national average of 39.3 percent.

Vermont, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine have highest percentage of people — more than 50 percent  — who have gotten the shots.

Georgia, District of Columbia, Alabama, North Carolina and New Hampshire have the lowest percentages of people who have received the booster doses.

Here’s state-by-state data from the CDC on booster shots:

State People who have received a booster dose Percent of fully vaccinated people with booster doses
Vermont 272,329 55.3
Minnesota 1,952,529 52
Wisconsin 1,856,781 50.6
Maine 522,595 50.4
Iowa 922,823 48.8
Ohio 3,132,386 47.6
Rhode Island 393,877 47.6
Michigan 2,700,056 46.8
Colorado 1,786,515 45.8
Oregon 1,294,457 45.5
Massachusetts 2,374,590 45.4
Nebraska 534,362 45.2
Connecticut 1,221,045 45
Illinois 3,724,378 44.8
Washington 2,349,797 44.4
Maryland 1,917,794 44.1
New Mexico 623,747 43.9
Hawaii 463,038 43.4
Montana 254,919 43.4
Virginia 2,497,774 41.7
Idaho 354,788 41.7
West Virginia 414,791 41.4
Indiana 1,457,827 41
New Jersey 2,554,813 40
Kentucky 985,575 39.9
California 10,735,572 39.8
Delaware 251,224 39.3
Tennessee 1,402,796 39.2
Wyoming 111,865 39
North Dakota 159,242 38.9
New York State 5,522,564 38.7
Pennsylvania 3,195,026 38.3
Kansas 650,768 38.1
Alaska 160,973 37.9
Missouri 1,253,539 37.8
South Dakota 194,395 37.6
South Carolina 1,003,152 35.7
Florida 4,938,723 35.6
Arizona 1,494,929 35.2
Louisiana 841,508 35.2
Arkansas 550,444 34.9
Utah 669,152 34.7
Nevada 607,137 34
Oklahoma 732,355 33.8
Mississippi 491,508 33.2
Texas 5,549,015 32.8
Georgia 1,794,783 32.3
District of Columbia 152,950 31.2
Alabama 736,300 30.7
North Carolina 1,401,317 23.1
New Hampshire 169,502 18.2

 

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Diane Rado
Diane Rado

Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.

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